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Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 2
"Bubbles of Life"
Mediterraneanvision Song Contest -2 Logo
Dates
Final 18 March 2018
Host
Venue Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens, Greece
Presenter(s) Demy
Eleni Foureira
Broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT)
Participants
Entries 15
Debuting Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia
Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar
Flag of Turkey Turkey
Returning None
Withdrawing Flag of Croatia Croatia
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon
Flag of Morocco Morocco
Vote
System Each country's professional jury award 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs. International viewers vote for their songs, and votes are converted to points by proportional representation.
Nul points None
Winner Flag of Spain Spain
"Good Girls Don't Lie"

The Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 2 was the second edition of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest. The contest took place in Athens, Greece, following Greece's victory at the first edition in Kalamata, Greece, with the song "An Me Deis Na Klaío", performed by Helena Paparizou and Anastasios Rammos. This was the second consecutive edition held in Greece. 15 countries participated including 3 debuting countries: FYR Macedonia, Gibraltar and Turkey. Croatia, Lebanon, and Morocco withdrew without giving any reasons. This was the only edition where no African countries participated.

The winner was Spain with the song "Good Girls Don't Lie", performed by Ruth Lorenzo. Gibraltar, which was one of the debutants, achieved 2nd place and Italy achieved its second consecutive top 3 result, placing 3rd.

Location

The contest took place in Greece, the winning country of the previous edition.

Bidding phase

Locations of the candidate cities: the chosen host city is marked in blue, while the eliminated cities are marked in red.
Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall.jpg
Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall, the host venue of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 2.

On the 26 January 2018, a bidding phase began. Interested cities included Athens and Thessaloniki. On the 27 January 2018, the MBU and ERT announced that Athens had been selected as the host city, overcoming the bid from Thessaloniki.

Below are the details of both of the bids.

Key:  †  Host venue

City Venue Capacity
Athens Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall15,000
Thessaloniki PAOK Sports Arena 10,000

About the host city

Athens (Greek: Αθήνα, Athína [aˈθina]) is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC.

Classical Athens was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus, which had been a distinct city prior to its 5th century BC incorporation with Athens. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely because of its cultural and political impact on the European continent, and in particular the Romans. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece. In 2012, Athens was ranked the world's 39th richest city by purchasing power and the 67th most expensive in a UBS study.

Athens is a global city and one of the biggest economic centres in southeastern Europe. It has a large financial sector, and its port Piraeus is both the largest passenger port in Europe and the second-largest in the world, while at the same time being the sixth busiest passenger port in Europe. The Municipality of Athens (also City of Athens) had a population of 664,046 (in 2011) within its administrative limits and a land area of 38.96 km2 (15.04 sq mi). The urban area of Athens (Greater Athens and Greater Piraeus) extends beyond its administrative municipal city limits, with a population of 3,090,508 (in 2011) over an area of 412 km2 (159 sq mi). According to Eurostat in 2011, the functional urban area (FUA) of Athens was the 9th most populous FUA in the European Union (the 6th most populous capital city of the EU), with a population of 3.8 million people. Athens is also the southernmost capital on the European mainland.

The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Landmarks of the modern era, dating back to the establishment of Athens as the capital of the independent Greek state in 1834, include the Hellenic Parliament and the so-called "architectural trilogy of Athens", consisting of the National Library of Greece, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Academy of Athens. Athens is also home to several museums and cultural institutions, such as the National Archeological Museum, featuring the world's largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, the Acropolis Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki Museum and the Byzantine and Christian Museum. Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics, making it one of only a handful of cities to have hosted the Olympics more than once.

Format

Visual design

The theme for the contest, "Bubbles Of Life", was unveiled on the 3 February 2018 on the contest's Google+ Community.

Contest

The contest consisted of a final on the 18 March.

Running order

The running order was made randomly and the reveal took place on the 2 March.

Participating countries

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous edition(s)
Helena Paparizou Flag of Cyprus Cyprus #1 (winner for Greece with Anastasios Rammos)
Leonor Andrade Flag of Portugal Portugal #1

Participants

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Magdalena ENA "Placat i najsilni" 11 87
02 Flag of Portugal Portugal Leonor Andrade "Strong for Too Long" 15 37
03 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Kida "Andërr" 13 55
04 Flag of France France Benjamin Clementine "Nemesis" 14 42
05 Flag of Turkey Turkey Hadise "Şampiyon" 12 65
06 Flag of Malta Malta Miriana Conte "Rocket" 7 112
07 Flag of San Marino San Marino Il Volo "L'amore si muove" 4 155
08 Flag of Greece Greece Josephine "Dyo Stagones Nero" 8 110
09 Flag of Romania Romania Alexandra Stan "Lemonade" 6 127
10 Flag of Albania Albania Era Istrefi feat. Felix Snow "Redrum" 5 143
11 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar Amy Macdonald "This Is The Life" 2 192
12 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Helena Paparizou "Fiesta" 9 100
13 Flag of Syria Syria Maher Zain "One Day" 10 99
14 Flag of Italy Italy Emma Marrone "Cercavo Amore" 3 186
15 Flag of Spain Spain Ruth Lorenzo "Good Girls Don't Lie" 1 230

Scoreboard

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online voting Points
1 Flag of Romania Romania 96 Flag of Spain Spain 145
2 Flag of San Marino San Marino 93 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 135
3 Flag of Spain Spain 85 Flag of Italy Italy 104
4 Flag of Italy Italy 82 Flag of Malta Malta 83
5 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 79 Flag of Albania Albania 82
6 Flag of Albania Albania 61 Flag of San Marino San Marino 62
7 Flag of Greece Greece 58 Flag of Syria Syria 62
8 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 57 Flag of Greece Greece 52
9 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 56 Flag of Romania Romania 31
10 Flag of Turkey Turkey 44 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 31
11 Flag of Syria Syria 37 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 21
12 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 34 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 21
13 Flag of France France 32 Flag of Turkey Turkey 21
14 Flag of Malta Malta 29 Flag of France France 10
15 Flag of Portugal Portugal 27 Flag of Portugal Portugal 10
Jury results
Total score
Online voting
FYR Macedonia
Portugal
Kosovo
France
Turkey
Malta
San Marino
Greece
Romania
Albania
Gibraltar
Cyprus
Syria
Italy
Spain
Contestants
FYR Macedonia 87 31 12 7 1 5 6 8 5 4 8
Portugal 37 10 2 5 6 3 5 6
Kosovo 55 21 2 12 1 2 1 10 1 3 2
France 42 10 1 7 10 3 3 1 3 4
Turkey 65 21 5 3 4 1 2 7 1 6 7 8
Malta 112 83 4 3 5 4 7 1 5
San Marino 155 62 8 10 1 12 3 12 8 2 5 6 7 12 7
Greece 110 52 5 6 3 5 2 8 3 12 6 8
Romania 127 31 6 6 10 4 10 7 10 12 12 5 12 2
Albania 143 82 7 6 8 2 4 4 7 2 5 6 10
Gibraltar 192 135 3 5 2 2 4 10 10 2 7 12
Cyprus 100 21 10 7 8 3 8 6 7 3 4 7 4 10 1 1
Syria 99 62 4 1 3 6 8 2 10 3
Italy 186 104 1 8 2 10 4 8 12 1 12 6 10 8
Spain 230 145 12 12 7 6 5 10 8 5 12 4 4

Jury 12 points

N. Contestant Voting nation
3 Romania Albania, Greece, Syria
San Marino France, Italy, Malta
Spain FYR Macedonia, Gibraltar, Portugal
2 Italy Romania, San Marino
1 FYR Macedonia Kosovo
Gibraltar Spain
Greece Cyprus
Kosovo Turkey

Other countries

  • Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria - After pulling out of the first contest, there were rumours that the country would make their debut in the second edition. Bulgaria was not on the final list of participants released on the 11 February 2018.

The following countries withdrew without giving any reason:

Spokespersons

The spokespersons announced the 12-point score from their respective country's national jury in the following order:

  1. Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia – Kaliopi
    (Runner-up in Pesna Na Mediteranot, the Macedonian national selection)
  2. Flag of Portugal Portugal – Filomena Cautela
  3. Flag of Kosovo KosovoElvana Gjata
    (Kosovar representative in #1, #9 with Flori and #10; winner of the 5th edition; presenter of the 6th edition; Albanian representative in the Adriaticvision Song Contest 1)
  4. Flag of France France – Élodie Gossuin
  5. Flag of Turkey Turkey – Atiye
  6. Flag of Malta MaltaIra Losco
    (Winner of the 3rd edition)
  7. Flag of San Marino San MarinoValentina Monetta
    (Sammarinese representative in #3 with Joshua de Cadenex)
  1. Flag of Greece GreeceSakis Rouvas
    (Presenter of the 1st edition)
  2. Flag of Romania RomaniaINNA
    (Romanian representative in #3 with Dannic and #5)
  3. Flag of Albania Albania – Lindita
  4. Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar – Adele
  5. Flag of Cyprus Cyprus – John Karayiannis
  6. Flag of Syria SyriaMona Haydar
    (Syrian representative in #1, #3 with Jackie Cruz, #5 and #6 with Drea d'Nur; co-presenter of the 10th edition)
  7. Flag of Italy Italy – Nina Zilli
  8. Flag of Spain SpainEdurne
    (Spanish representative in #3)
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